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Budget 2011: Anenih appeals to Senate, Reps, blasts Ogbulafor

By Emmanuel Aziken, Abuja
Erstwhile Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih has appealed to Senate President David Mark and Speaker Dimeji Bankole to sheathe their swords to enable the President table the 2010 budget of the Federal Government.

Anenih in two separate letters to the two presiding officers described as saddening the fact that the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to degenerate to the level of ridiculing the President despite the party’s control of the two chambers of the National Assembly.

In the letter dated November 19, 2009 and entitled “A letter of Appeal to National Assembly on Presentation of the 2010 Budget by Mr. President,” said, “What is at stake is monumental; we must protect our country, its economy and its image; we cannot be too patriotic in this matter.

“We must help to continuously justify the mandate which our people in their majority gave to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to serve them for four years.

“I must add here that it would be an irony if a Legislature dominated by the PDP is the one seen to be undermining the capacity of a PDP Government to deliver on its mandate.

“This is a letter I should never have to write, but it saddens me to hear that a minor disagreement between the Senate and the House of Representatives over appropriate venue is threatening to disrupt the presentation of the 2010 budget by President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.

“It is my fervent hope that this disagreement would have been resolved by the time you get this letter, but should it not, I wish to appeal to you to do all in power to subdue your peculiar interests to the higher interest of our great country, Nigeria.

“The budget presentation is one of the most important, if not the most important event in the life of any Government and any nation.  Apart from being a national event, which gives all Nigerians indication of how their welfare will be taken care of by the Government, it is also of international significance since it is a major gauge by which trading partners and investors will determine their attitudes and relationships with Nigeria in the coming year.

“It is not an event to be trifled with.  It is significantly also a major barometer by which our ruling party (the PDP), will be judged by the majority of Nigerians who elected it to power and the minority who are watching the performance of Governments across the nation.

“It is also sad that the leadership of the PDP allowed the situation at the National Assembly to degenerate to the level that exposed the President to near ridicule without appropriate and timely intervention.”


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